More Central Highland Routes Opened

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Iceland Magazine Article: More Central Highland routes opened to traffic: Road to Askja crater lake opened


This week Icelandic Road and Coastal Authority opened several more roads into Central Highlands.

Among these are the roads to Askja with its renowned (Viti) crater lake, Öskjuvatn, which is usually not accessible until much later in summer.
Unusually light snows in the Central Highlands this past winter are the main reason.

Other Central Highlands roads which have been opened, are the road across Arnarvatnsheiði plateau (F578), the Kverkfjöll road (F903) up to Sænautasel lodge.


Roads in the Central Highlands are closed during the winter due to difficult conditions, and are not re-opened to traffic until early to mid-summer, when the Icelandic Road and Coastal Authority has determined the roads are clear of snow and safe for traffic.

Travellers should keep in mind that while many Central Highlands and mountain roads have been opened to traffic unusually early this year, it does not mean they are accessible to all traffic.

Roads in the Central Highlands are, as a rule, only suitable for 4x4s and specially equipped trucks.



Travellers are advised that highlands roads, and all roads marked with an F (The F stands for Fjallvegur, Mountain Road) are only suitable for 4x4s and larger specially equipped SUVs.

There are no service stations in the Central Highlands, and you must ensure you have a full tank before heading into the highlands.

Most rental car insurance does NOT cover damages caused by driving on F-roads.

No rental car insurance covers damages caused when crossing unbridged rivers.

Before heading into the Central Highlands, you should ALWAYS check road conditions via Icelandic Road and Coastal Authority website,
as well as checking the weather with Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO).


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